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Makeup brushesThe most important thing when applying your makeup is to have some super good makeup brushes! Any makeup artist will tell you that without good, and not least the right makeup brushes, you run the risk of your makeup looking ugly, which can manifest itself in makeup with edges, unevenness, etc. On the other hand, when applying makeup, most people want it to look as natural as possible - especially when it comes to basic routines like foundation, contour, bronzer and so on. There are a ton of brushes out there, but it can be really difficult to navigate which makeup brushes and brushes to choose. Many brushes on the market are also often quite expensive, even if the quality isn't top notch. We really want to help you choose the right makeup brushes, so we've put together a little guide describing the different makeup brushes and how to use them.
The secret to great makeup is investing in the right brushes. A proper range of brushes is incredibly important, so on this site you will be able to find a good selection of makeup brushes and brushes, so you have the tools in order when you need to apply a nice makeup.
Makeup brush guideFoundation: the most important thing in the makeup routine to do properly is foundation. It's the base for the rest of your makeup, and if it's applied incorrectly, the whole look can be ruined. It's a matter of taste which type of brush you like best for foundation. But in general, it's easiest with big brushes. That's why we recommend the popular oval brushes in a size no. 1, 2 or 3. No 1 is the largest size of oval brushes, and makes it really easy to apply an even layer of foundation in no time. We stock both oval brushes individually and in sets of either 5 or 10 brushes. With a set of oval brushes, you can apply everything from foundation and powder to eye shadow.
Concealer: To apply concealer, you can choose to use brushes, your fingers or the applicator that is often included. If you're looking for a makeup brush for concealer, go for a slightly smaller brush that's relatively firm in the bristles - especially if you're using concealer around the eyes. A larger brush will have a hard time getting into the small corners and edges. If, on the other hand, you're using concealer to cover blemishes, you can use both a smaller and slightly larger size. For example, we recommend a size 4 or 5 oval brush.
Highlight and contour: Depending on whether you use highlight and contour in liquid, cream or powder form, there are differences in which brush you should use. If it's powder form, the bristles can be both flexible and firm. You'll apply more product with a firm brush because it picks up more product. An example of a flexible brush is our Contouring Makeup Brush, which is both narrow and angled. For cream products, it's best to use a makeup brush with firm bristles. This is because the product needs to be worked well into the skin to look nice and natural. Liquid and cream products can be harder to work with, so it's really important to have the right tools. The slanted brush from the PRO Makeup Brush Set or an oval brush in size no 4, will be really good for liquid and cream products.
Bronzer and blush: For a natural application of bronzer and blush, you can use a medium-sized kabuki brush. A kabuki brush is soft and round and has flexible bristles. In the set of 10 makeup brushes from PRO, you get five different kabuki brushes you can use for bronzer and blush.
Powder: A good powder brush should be large, soft and flexible in the bristles. It doesn't have to be as big as a tennis ball, but certainly bigger than your bronzer and blush brush. A larger powder brush makes it easier to apply an even, consistent layer of powder. Kabuki brushes are generally really good for applying powder because they're so soft and flexible.
Eyeshadow and lashes: unfortunately, for the perfect eyeshadow, just a makeup brush is not enough. Use a brush about the size of your fingernail for the base colour, which is applied to the entire eyelid. Use a smaller and more pointed/rounded brush for defining the eyeliner. The most important tool when applying eyeshadow is a blending brush to avoid harsh edges. A blending brush should have very flexible bristles and be really soft. Here in the shop you will find a lot of great sets for eyeshadow. We have sets with everything from 6 up to 32 pieces. Then you won't be short of eyeshadow brushes for a long time!
For separating lashes and directing brows, an eyelash comb is great. If your lashes often clump and you don't have a lash comb, a good trick is to use the applicator from an empty mascara that has been cleaned of mascara residue and separate lashes and straighten brows with it.